ANAHEIM, Calif.—The Board of Directors of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) voted unanimously last week to adopt the White Paper “Position Statement on Moisture Emission Testing” and “Moisture Emission Testing – Responsibility and Qualifications for Testing.”

The position statement states that concrete moisture vapor testing should performed by qualified independent agencies and not by floor covering personnel. If adopted, this recommendation will require that architects move such testing away from division 9 of construction specifications and place them with other construction related test requirements.

Historically in building industry practice, floor covering installers, dealers and contractors have been held accountable for testing of moisture emissions in concrete and the satisfactory installation of floor covering on concrete.

On Sept. 23 of last year, the WFCA directors passed the measure in draft form on to begin the process of soliciting industry-wide support for the measure.

The Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association (FCICA), Floor Installation Association of North America (FIANA), International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI), International Society of Cleaning Technicians (ISCT), National Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD), Professional Flooring Installers Association (PFIA), Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), and StarNet Commercial Flooring Cooperative (StarNet) endorse this effort. The WFCA is serving as the coordinating body for this industry-wide initiative.

The complete document is available from the WFCA requesting a copy via phone at (800) 624-6880 or fax at (714) 978-6066. The document can also be downloaded from the WFCA’s website at